Diana grew up in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She was 12 years old when she had her portrait painted in Sauzalito, San Francisco, California – an area synonymous with portrait painters. It was at that moment when the possibility of becoming an artist presented itself to her. She then decided to start painting and drawing just like the artists she had seen on the streets of San Francisco.
Her brother Daniel was known as the artist in the family, and because he was such a good artist it never occurred to her that she could be a creative person herself. She attended Casa de la culture, an Art School in a beautiful Government Colonial building when I was younger.
Diana attended Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, in Mexico where she obtained a teaching certificate and studied Administration. Her studies focused mainly on Administration only because the university didn’t offer any arts programs at the time. Her creativity extended to poetry, and she eventually wrote a poetry book. Ironically the university offers Graphic Design now.
She says she didn’t think of graphic arts until she was 21, which was after seeing painters and sculptors creating all types of art in Tonala, Guadalajara. It was that moment she realized she could do the same.
With interests in writing more poetry as well as sculpting, these days Diana has been concentrating on painting flowers, which she tells us is her favourite subject. She tells us, “I like to paint joyful, beautiful topics, such as children, animals and nature.”
Two of her favourite artists are Paulus Theodorus Van Brussel and Jan Van Huysum, whose works she studies, telling us that both artists paint splendid realistic flowers.
With great love for the arts, Diana makes sure to visit as many art exhibits as possible. When looking for inspiration, she finds it in the many photos of flowers, children and beautiful sights that she takes, using those images to make compositions for her own paintings.
Diana herself is drawn towards realism, and enjoys painting still life with oils on canvas.
She says, “Today my work shows depth instead of a flat surface. I do this with light and shadows. It also shows more movement, and looks more realistic.”
Painting is Diana’s way of self expression, and she hopes to explore new painting subjects, such as landscapes, portraits, and people. She tells us to expect more from her, and is confident that her art will keep getting better.
You can find Diana’s art on her Facebook page: Diana Craig Art Gallery. Better yet, you can see her art for yourself at Motion Gallery this month, where her collection of vibrant flowers and a few other surprises will be displayed from September 1 until October 2, 2016.